McPherson College soccer coach Doug Quint continues to add experienced players to his women’s team, as the Bulldogs hope to scale the heights achieved by the high-powered men’s team.
Paradise Valley Community College (Ariz.) teammates Astrid Alvarez and Jennifer Mada have signed to play for the Bulldogs and are expected to be contributors from Day One.
"We are excited to receive commitments from these young ladies," Quint said. "They both played together at one of the premier junior colleges in the state of Arizona and knowing how to be successful is in their blood. We certainly look forward to their immediate contributions to our program next fall."
Paradise Valley finished the 2015 season with a record 21-2-1, winning the regional championship and advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament.
Alvarez is a 5-2 midfielder from Flagstaff, Ariz. She was a three-year letterwinner at Flagstaff High School and was the team’s defensive MVP her senior year before playing for coach Jon Ruzman at Paradise Valley.
Alvarez was also a member of the National Honor Society.
She’s the daughter of Donna Engleson and Alex Alvarez. She plans on majoring in elementary education at McPherson College.
"She is a very technical center mid-fielder who is composed on the ball and has good vision. We needed to find an experienced playmaker and we did in Astrid."
Mada comes to McPherson as a 5-4 defender from Rio Rico, Ariz. She played her high school soccer at Nogales High School before joining Paradise Valley.
She is the daughter of Marbella Mada and will major in business at McPherson College.
"Jennifer is more of a defensive-minded player who gets stuck into tackles and plays the game simple in possession,” Quint said. “She will either play in our back-line or mid-field with her versatility."